This lovely medieval-like town started as a Roman settlement, and its current name derives from the Latin word for "citadel" or "fortified city". And indeed, Óbidos is completely enclosed by medieval walls. It's basically a village in a castle! How cool is that? Streets are cobbled and most of the houses are whitewashed with bright blue and yellow borders. Plus, every July, the castle hosts a traditional Medieval Market, recreating the spirit of medieval Europe with flowing banners, a handcrafts fair, medieval shows... much like Santa Maria da Feira, I suppose. And I love Santa Maria's medieval fair, so I'm sure I'd go crazy with this one!
Although I've been to the Azores once in the past, I was only a toddler back then. I don't remember a single thing about that trip; I just know it because I was told about it. So of course this is on my list. This archipelago is composed of nine volcanic islands, however, if I had to choose one, I'd probably prefer to visit São Miguel, for it is the largest and most diversified island, in terms of both landscape and culture/activities. It's often referred as "The Green Island" for its verdant plains, wild mountains, lagoons and beaches. As for activities, the island offers outdoor hikes, bird watching, jeep rides, swimming and diving, sailing, fishing, whale sighting and even swimming with dolphins... in the wild! I mean, that's just one of my childhood dreams!
8. Moorish Castle (Castelo dos Mouros), Sintra